Annal: 2004 Golden Kite Picture Book Text Award

Results of the Golden Kite Award in the year 2004.

Book:Apples to Oregon

Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains

Deborah Hopkinson, Nancy Carpenter

Apples, ho!

When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can’t bear to leave his precious apple trees behind. Or his peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, and pears. Oh, and he takes his family along too. But the trail is cruel — first there’s a river to cross that’s wider than Texas… and then there are hailstones as big as plums… and there’s even a drought, sure to crisp the cherries. Those poor pippins! Luckily Delicious (the nonedible apple of Daddy’s eye) is strong — as young ’uns raised on apples are — and won’t let anything stop her father’s darling saps from tasting the sweet Oregon soil.

Here’s a hilarious tall tale — from the team that brought you Fannie in the Kitchen — that’s loosely based on the life of a real fruiting pioneer.

Book:Hachiko

Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog

Pamela S. Turner, Yan Nascimbene

Imagine walking to the same place every day, to meet your best friend. Imagine watching hundreds of people pass by every morning and every afternoon. Imagine waiting, and waiting, and waiting. For ten years. This is what Hachiko did.

Hachiko was a real dog who lived in Tokyo, a dog who faithfully waited for his owner at the Shibuya train station long after his owner could not come to meet him. He became famous for his loyalty and was adored by scores of people who passed through the station every day. This is Hachiko’s story through the eyes of Kentaro, a young boy whose life is changed forever by his friendship with this very special dog.

Simply told, and illustrated with Yan Nascimbene’s lush watercolors, the legend of Hachiko will touch your heart and inspire you as it has inspired thousands all over the world.

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